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It’s official then: Wales will have 30 MPs in future, rather than the current 40.

You may remember the ongoing controversy about the UK Government’s plans to redraw constituency boundaries to make them more equally sized in terms of population.

The Boundary Commission has confirmed it has begun its review of boundaries in accordance with the aims set by Westminster.

It says

‘the four  UK Boundary Commissions have therefore agreed that, for the purposes of the sixth general review, the total UK electorate is 45,678,175 …

and that,

The UK electoral quota is to the nearest whole number 76,641.  Therefore, every constituency in Wales must have an  electorate that is between 72,810 and 80,473.

The document concludes that these calculations mean that Wales should have an allocation of 30 MPs in future.

What the Commission needs to do now is work out where the boundaries for those 30 constituencies will lie.

 

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Three people living on the outskirts of Cardiff are about to be moved by the authorities, but they’re not being evicted and won’t have to leave their houses.

The Boundary Commission for Wales is recommending that the three electors be transferred from the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency to the Vale of Glamorgan.

Meanwhile, as part of the same exercise, the Commission reckons another 46 voters should be transferred from Cardiff South and Penarth to Cardiff North.

And it says 733 people should be moved from Ogmore to Pontypridd while 96 should be switched from Pontypridd to Ogmore.

The MP for Ogmore, Labour’s Huw Irranca-Davies told me the game of musical chairs seems a waste of time.

‘Some poor blighter has been slaving away at this review for two years when it won’t mean two hoots because the constituencies are all going to be changed again in a couple of years,’ he said.

He’s on about the UK Government’s plan to cut the number of MPs with the Parliamentary voting system and constituencies bill (that’s also the one that will bring in the AV referendum) requiring the  Boundary Commission to make all constituencies more or less equal. And that’s expected to mean around ten fewer Welsh constituencies.

Which begs the question, why is the Commission bothering switching small numbers of people from one constituency to the other?

Well it’s not really about the parliamentary boundaries. The person I spoke to at the Commission earlier acknowledged that they’ll almost certainly be changed again very shortly.

The real aim he said was to tidy up the constituencies to match local government areas for Assembly elections.  And the reality is that, as a result of the changes I mentioned earlier, they’ll be different to parliamentary constituencies anyway from the next General Election onwards.

I hope that’s clear.

 

 

 

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